I spent the weekend at the Central Veterinary Conference in Kansas City. It was great, as always.

It was so good to see all of you!

Thank you Brendan, and thank you Pete.

Here are some pictures from the conference...

 Abby and Luna waited while Russ checked us in to the hotel. We stayed at the Sheraton about a mile from the conference because they welcomed our dogs. It was a great experience!

Abby and Luna waited while Russ checked us in to the hotel. We stayed at the Sheraton about a mile from the conference because they welcomed our dogs. It was a great experience!

 Amanda finishing the last of the her big pile of books as we checked in!

Amanda finishing the last of the her big pile of books as we checked in!

 Very pretty view of Kansas City from our room on the 11th floor

Very pretty view of Kansas City from our room on the 11th floor

 Same view at night!

Same view at night!

 At a dvm360 leadership meeting. Dr. Robin Downing's sweet dog Kula (Hawaiian for "gold") was instant best friends with Dr. Dani McVety of Lap of Love.

At a dvm360 leadership meeting. Dr. Robin Downing's sweet dog Kula (Hawaiian for "gold") was instant best friends with Dr. Dani McVety of Lap of Love.

 Brendan Howard, a really good friend with whom to spend lunch (official title)

Brendan Howard, a really good friend with whom to spend lunch (official title)

 View from one of the windows at The Kansas City Convention Center where CVC took place

View from one of the windows at The Kansas City Convention Center where CVC took place

 I loved seeing these beautiful faces and...tails between classes!

I loved seeing these beautiful faces and...tails between classes!

 I decided I will try to treat Luna more like the big dog she aspires to be. No more picking her up for kisses or pulling her back from tripping strangers. If I would not or could not do it to a Rottie (so she can still be a goofy lap dog), I won't do it to Luna - so far I am not succeeding.

I decided I will try to treat Luna more like the big dog she aspires to be. No more picking her up for kisses or pulling her back from tripping strangers. If I would not or could not do it to a Rottie (so she can still be a goofy lap dog), I won't do it to Luna - so far I am not succeeding.

 Abby and Luna Relaxing and Recharging at the Expo

Abby and Luna Relaxing and Recharging at the Expo

 Joy Hoping Amanda's Hand is Not Empty (It was, but we promptly got her treats for being cute.)

Joy Hoping Amanda's Hand is Not Empty (It was, but we promptly got her treats for being cute.)

 This is my favorite picture from the whole conference! Luna tried cotton candy for the first time and LOVED it!

This is my favorite picture from the whole conference! Luna tried cotton candy for the first time and LOVED it!

 Beautiful pearls from the folks who make Prion. Thanks guys! They are perfect!

Beautiful pearls from the folks who make Prion. Thanks guys! They are perfect!

 I must have seen HUNDREDS of slides over four days. This is by far my favorite. Dr. Dryden talked about the damage heartworms can do. It is worth its own post. But I loved this slide so much.

I must have seen HUNDREDS of slides over four days. This is by far my favorite. Dr. Dryden talked about the damage heartworms can do. It is worth its own post. But I loved this slide so much.

 Luna at the Plaza

Luna at the Plaza

 Abby <3

Abby <3

 Joy waiting outside Barnes and Noble for Amanda and Russ - I love her ears in this picture! She loves them SO much!

Joy waiting outside Barnes and Noble for Amanda and Russ - I love her ears in this picture! She loves them SO much!

 We got water for the dogs at Scooter's. Remember, your friend's drink may be better than your own, so you should always mooch.

We got water for the dogs at Scooter's. Remember, your friend's drink may be better than your own, so you should always mooch.

 The CVC block party Sunday night

The CVC block party Sunday night

 Abby and Luna at check out

Abby and Luna at check out

 Amanda and Joy at check out

Amanda and Joy at check out

 Joy and Luna being true to breed and personality when we said "fix your leash" :D

Joy and Luna being true to breed and personality when we said "fix your leash" :D

 The passage goes from our hotel to the Crown Center Mall - perfect!

The passage goes from our hotel to the Crown Center Mall - perfect!

For those of you who saw me lose my <cool> at lunch at the CVC on Sunday, and to the friends who have, at my vague request, posted encouraging Facebook posts and texted Erika, I am really sorry about the lack of detail. Erika (a friend of many of us and a tech at Gentle Doctor) has had a rough weekend,

AND SHE IS OKAY. Angie and I saw her last night. She would like it if you called or texted. She said I could tell the story, but I think it is hers to tell. I will ask her a bunch more times, and if she would rather I tell it, I will post away. Do not worry, and I am sorry if I did cause you to worry. All is well...all will be well. <3

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